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“I remember as a kid taking classes from master Son I was in the 8th grade and the school was on 21st street. I'm 65 years old now and I always...Read More »
1 of 71 | Posted by: Frank Trujillo - FL

“Thank you Grand Master Son for making me the person I am. It was a privilege to have known him. No words can ever express my debt to him. ...Read More »
2 of 71 | Posted by: Lon Devitt - New York, NY

“I studied under him at West Point in 1969. A great experience. Having studied before entering the Academy, the Master trained me to be more...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: Bernard Broussard - Miami, FL

“I was a student of Grand Master Son starting when I was 13 in the early 70's, and ending with my 2nd degree black belt as i was preparing go to...Read More »
4 of 71 | Posted by: Paul T Springer - Los Alamos, NM

“Happy Birthday Grand Master Son. Your influence on me is Ad Infinitum. You will always be remembered! ”
5 of 71 | Posted by: Ralph Rubino - Austin, TX

“Although I never had the pleasure to meet our Grand Master, I have studied his art for the past 15 years. Rest In Peace Grand Master. ”
6 of 71 | Posted by: Scott Stover - Katy, TX - student

“Dear Ones, Our hearts are saddened today upon learning the news of Grand Master Sons passing. Yehjong, Steve and Lahna, we are truly sorry for...Read More »
7 of 71 | Posted by: Peg & Mike Twist - Newport, RI

“So long Master Son. Thank you for all that you taught us. *Always try, very strong, very best.* We try to keep that spirit alive and pass it along...Read More »
8 of 71 | Posted by: john sopka - Groton, MA

“February 1994, Grand Master Son tested me for my Black Belt in Tucson, Arizona. I was honored. Recognizing the cast that I had on my right hand, he...Read More »
9 of 71 | Posted by: Victor Dorsey - Mountain View, CA

“For Yehjong and her family- my heart, prayers and condolences go out to you. In hearing the news of Master Son's passing, I find that simple words...Read More »
10 of 71 | Posted by: David Coes - Hampton, VA

“I am honored to have been tested for Black Belt by Grand Master Son. It was an honor to know him, to be in his organization. I am greatfull he agreed...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: John G. Hodges - Goldsboro, ID

“Dear Master Son, Thank you, Grandmaster, for all that you gave your students and their families. You lived, led, and taught by example,...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Ethan Weber - Middletown, NY

“Mr. Son was one in a zillion. He left a legacy of strong, competent, respectful students. I started class with Mr. Son in January 1972. He took...Read More »
13 of 71 | Posted by: Artie Lichtman - Poughkeepsie, NY

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Son's family. My your fondest memories endure as the pain subsides. Mr Son was very special to me. ...Read More »
14 of 71 | Posted by: Martin Rosenberg - New York, NY

“In the few times I have had the honor to not only meet but to train with Master Son, each was an experience that I cherish deeply. This man, through...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: Jeff VanOudenhove - Chicopee, MA

“I first became aware of Master Son when my son Jeff wanted to try TKD and Mr. Geoffrion (in our little town of Los Alamos, New Mexico) thought he was...Read More »
16 of 71 | Posted by: Ken Stroh - Los Alamos, NM

“I was fortunate to study Tae Kwon Do at headquarters in New York City with Master Son from 1977 to 1991. This experience was a pivotal part of my...Read More »
17 of 71 | Posted by: Adrienne (Mendelsohn) Buskard - NY

“From the cold showers on Mercer Street to the cold showers on 5th Avenue, his legacy will live on with all the students he trained. Master Son...Read More »
18 of 71 | Posted by: lily blitzer - passaic, NJ

“May the Grandmaster's soul rest in peace!! I truly value the martial art instruction that has come down from master Son, it has taught me and my...Read More »
19 of 71 | Posted by: chinu iyer - Los Alamos, NM

“Master Son will be greatly missed. I was the last person in Los Alamos, NM for the WTKDA that tested for black belt in front of Master Son. I...Read More »
20 of 71 | Posted by: Doug Bowen - Los Alamos, NM

“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. May God Bless you all, during this time, with tender loving care. The Bell Family ”
21 of 71 | Posted by: The Bell Family - Mount Vernon, NY

“Tae Kwon Do has been with me since I was 7 years old and Grandmaster Son has been there throughout the entire journey. I feel honored to have taken...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: BJ Waldie - Yonkers, NY

“In 1965-66 Mr. Son allowed me to be a member of his China Town school in lower Manhattan at no charge. He saw this skinny 17 year-old from Arizona...Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Terry Sanders - Deming, NM

“Mr. Son will long live on in the hearts and spirits of all those he touched. He taught us to never give up and always try harder, a lesson to use...Read More »
24 of 71 | Posted by: Ann & Tom Dombroski - NY

“It was very sad to learn of Grand Master Duk Sung Son's passing. I was fortunate to have been a student while attending N.Y.U. in the late 1960's...Read More »
25 of 71 | Posted by: Frederic Rakowitz, M.D., Ph.D. - NY

“Yehjong and Steve, The emptiness is felt by all of us. I am so sorry for your pain and your loss. How do we express the loss of a man that has...Read More »
26 of 71 | Posted by: Jim Brady - Middletown, NY

“Master Son has taught me a lot. I will never forget those days at Karate Camp Master Son I will miss you. Thank you and rest in peace ”
27 of 71 | Posted by: Domingo(Mingo) Dos Anjos 5th Dan - NY

“My memories run deep with the experiences I had with Grandmaster Son and I offer my sincere condolences. ”
28 of 71 | Posted by: Jeff Gilbert - Farmingdale, NY

“Condolences to the Son family. Thank you Grand Master Son for all that you taught me. Gary ”
29 of 71 | Posted by: Gary Nan Tie - St. Paul, MN

“Mr. Son was a role model on so many different levels. He was the first immigrant I met and forever forged my impression of immigrants as hard...Read More »
30 of 71 | Posted by: Dave Schwartz - Philadelphia, PA

“I was very sorry to hear of your loss. He was an amazing man. I know he will be missed by many. Fondly Elizabeth Casella ”
31 of 71 | Posted by: Elizabeth Casella - RI

“Yehjong -- You probably don't recognize the "M. David", but think David Stone, 4th degree and you should remember me. Unfortunately, I have a broken...Read More »
32 of 71 | Posted by: M. David Stone - Chester Springs, PA

“Our thoughts are with your family. Deepest sympathies. ”
33 of 71 | Posted by: Peter Schott - Andover, MA

“Our "Mr. Son" was part of my daily life from 1973-77. The studio on Mercer St was a daily routine and his "Chun bi" readied me for life.I last saw...Read More »
34 of 71 | Posted by: Robert S. April MD MA - NYC, NY

“A blessing in life for me, values instilled to be passed on thru generations. Master Sun and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Joseph ”
35 of 71 | Posted by: Joseph J Dzwill - FL

“It must have been 1966 when my brother Steele returned to City College from his Junior year at Princeton, praising Mr. Son's classes there, and...Read More »
36 of 71 | Posted by: Adam Belok - Poughkeepsie, NY

“My most sincere condolences reach out to the family of Grand Master Son. It was an honor and privilege to be trained by such a man… A man who...Read More »
37 of 71 | Posted by: Mel Bolden - Peekskill, NY

“Even as we mourn,we can remember the good times we shared and smile at the memories. Master Son was a unique and inspirational man. We both...Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: John and Dawn Noto - O'Fallon, MO

“My condolences to Jehjong, Steve, and family for their loss. Your father was larger than life when I first met him in 1969. The legend that was...Read More »
39 of 71 | Posted by: Rich Legum - Lawrence, LI, NY

“Master Son was a giant among mere men and against all the people I've ever known, none were as stout in their beliefs and committment to excellence...Read More »
40 of 71 | Posted by: Rob - New Rochelle, NY

“My Condolences to Yehjong, Steven and Lahna on their loss. We were blessed to have Mr. Son in our lives for so many years, but they lost more than...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Master Jim Cahill - New York, NY

“"Always best", "very strong", "very good", "very best". In this few and simple words Grandmaster Duk Sung Son based and resumed a life teaching. His...Read More »
42 of 71 | Posted by: Adolfo Vivas - Caracas

“A true Grand Master-Teacher -in the gym and in the Blue Wave of life . All things lead back to our basics . David Brinson ”
43 of 71 | Posted by: David Brinson - Augusta , Ga, RI

“I was privileged to have learned under Master Son, directly and through those he leaves behind. His special wisdom lives within us and continues to...Read More »
44 of 71 | Posted by: Mihran Bakalian - New York, NY

“Simply ! "HARD WORK" with a great sense of humor.. Master Son enriched our lives forever . God Speed !! Brooks & Teal Porter ...Read More »
45 of 71 | Posted by: Brooks Porter - wakefield, RI

“It was an honor to have driven Mr. Son around the Newport area for the last few years. His love of nature,animals and small children became evident...Read More »
46 of 71 | Posted by: Roland A. Lacroix - Swansea, MA

“I was blessed to know and have trained under Master Son when I was chief of the Madison (WI) Police Department. He will be greatly missed. A mighty...Read More »
47 of 71 | Posted by: Rev. David Couper - Madison, WI

“Grandmaster Son made me healthier of mind and body. In this way touched thousands of students across the world. He was exemplary: discipline,...Read More »
48 of 71 | Posted by: Christopher Dennis - Portland, OR

“I studied with Mr. Son at his 14th Street dojo in New York City in the 1980s and I rose to 2d degree rank. It has been years since I have seen him,...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Gene Grimes - Mt. Kisco, NY

“We will Always remember your teaching Mr. Son, few days and few words, but intense and deep enough to show us the path. ”
50 of 71 | Posted by: Luis Daniel Montiel 1st degree WTA 4142 - RI

“I am so sorry to hear we lost such a GREAT MAN and MASTER, my heart is broken to hear this. I wish Great Grand Master's family my dearest sympathy.....Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: Clint Collier - Louisville, KY

“My deepest sympathy to the family and close friends of Grandmaster Son. I never met the Grandmaster but I consider myself a disciple of his...Read More »
52 of 71 | Posted by: Kevin Grell - Hickory, NC

“Mr. Son...an extraordinary man and a better human being. I met him and his life strenght by 1976 and we, in Venezuela, had the joy to share his...Read More »
53 of 71 | Posted by: Humberto Almeida

“Thanks for showing all of us the path,for being the beacon of light to keep us off the rocks. ”
54 of 71 | Posted by: Jose Guerrido 3 DAN (WMAA) - NY

“I want to express my dearest condolences to the family of Duk Sung Son. I trained in the W.T.A in the 1980-90's Western,MA.I continue my training now...Read More »
55 of 71 | Posted by: John B. Skroski - Phippsburg, ME

“To Master Son for his unique dedication to the art he loved. From the San Diego chapter of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's WTA. Chung Do Kwan! ”
56 of 71 | Posted by: Tom Blamey - San Diego, CA

“Master Son taught us more than tae kwon do - he taught us about life. We've been mourning the loss of him for more than several years. Love and...Read More »
57 of 71 | Posted by: Master Ron & Sandy Geoffrion - NM

“Grandmaster Son was an amazing, inspiring man. He brought incredible passion to his art, and everyone that met him couldn't help but be swept up in...Read More »
58 of 71 | Posted by: Shane Swanson - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We know not where are foot prints will take us or where are hearts will beat. We know we all come from the Father and there we all shall meet. I...Read More »
59 of 71 | Posted by: Donna M. Rose - Newport, RI

“Yehjong & Steve- My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Master Son touched my life, like he did so many others, by his teaching. He...Read More »
60 of 71 | Posted by: Mike Acquilano - Forest Hills, NY

“Grand Master Son inspired me to work harder and be stronger like no one else could. I will always cherish the memories of camps, tournaments, and...Read More »
61 of 71 | Posted by: Gina Yip - Los Angeles, CA

“Some of us have been speaking about the pain of loosing you; for others the pain of your death is so great they can’t even speak about it. Some...Read More »
62 of 71 | Posted by: Ben and Rosie - Newport, RI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
63 of 71 | Posted by: Allen Cohen and the Orenstein family - NY

“It was always a great pleasure to be at Tournaments and exhibition Grand Master Son attended. I was always very appreciatitive of the personal...Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: James Wentzel - Pembroke, MA

“I started studying Chung Do Kwan in the mid 80s under GM D.H. Kim in Tucson and had the pleasure of meeting GM Son on numerous ocassions. His...Read More »
65 of 71 | Posted by: Dennis Tomlinson - Seattle, WA

“I studied TKD back in the 80s, and had the fortunate opportunity to meet Master Son twice. He was a very approachable and kind man. He brought...Read More »
66 of 71 | Posted by: Bill Shearer - Arvada, CO

“Mr. Son affected my life in a significant way. I will never forget. Condolences go out to his family and friends. I cherish the time spent under his...Read More »
67 of 71 | Posted by: Gregory Condemi - Ridge, NY

“With our deepest sympathy to the Cundy family. The Flynn's ”
68 of 71 | Posted by: Marsha & Peter Flynn - Newport, RI

“Grandmaster made an enormous impact on my life. He will always be in our thoughts ”
69 of 71 | Posted by: Jeff Servesko - Durham, NC

“A truly unique gentleman. Rest in Peace. ”
70 of 71 | Posted by: Jerry Orenstein - Long Island, NY

“I started studying under Sensei Vandervoort, Sensei Corea, Sensei, Rosario when about 39 years ago. I also studied with Sensei Lipsey, Sensei...Read More »
71 of 71 | Posted by: Jim Hennessey - Albany, NY, NY


Newport, RI – Grand Master Duk Sung Son, 88, of 375 Thames Street, Newport, RI, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Newport Hospital, Newport, RI. He was the husband of the late Young Jin (Kim) Son. He was born in Seoul, Korea, on June 17, 1922. Grand Master Son was a founding father of the Korean Martial Art Tae Kwon Do, and was the founder and first president of the World Tae Kwan Do Association. Grand Master Son was the original chief instructor to the Republic of South Korea Army and taught the United States 8th Army that was stationed in Korea after the Korean conflict ended. He immigrated to the United States in 1963 where he taught at the Military Academy at West Point, New York University, Princeton, Brown, Fordhan and many other Universities in the tri-state area. He was the author of two textbooks on the subject; Korean Karate – The Art of Tae Kwon Do and Black Belt, Korean Karate. He taught his martial art form all over the world, and was respected by millions. He is survived by his daughter Yehjong Son and her husband Steven G. Cundy and his granddaughter Lahna Son-Cundy all of Newport, RI. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 2-7 in the Hambly Funeral Home, "Brick House", 30 Red Cross Avenue, Newport, RI. His funeral will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 11:00am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Newport Memorial Park in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.

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